Asian Longhorn Tick

Asian Longhorned Tick confirmed in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Agriculture, working in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Missouri State University, has confirmed the first finding of an Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) in Missouri. Missouri becomes the 16th state with a presence of the tick species, following the first confirmed report of the Asian […]

Coronavirus Update

Sullivan and Linn counties reports 9 new cases of COVID-19, Harrison County reports 3

The Sullivan County Health Department, on Friday night, July 23, confirmed nine additional COVID-19 cases. That brought the total number of cases to 938, with 29 active cases. As of July 22, 30.2% of Sullivan County residents were fully vaccinated. Nine COVID-19 cases have been added in Linn County since July 20. The health department, […]

Coronavirus Concerns

Adair County becomes “COVID-19 Hotspot” according to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry have created COVID-19 Hotspot Advisories in light of the rapidly rising case counts in north-central and southwest Missouri, including Adair County which confirmed another 11 cases bringing their case count to 2670. The Hotspot Advisories are designed to keep […]

Map of The Border Wall in Arizona & New Mexico July 2021

Group says border wall map reveals damage to landscape and migration routes

A newly-released map identifies portions of the U.S.-Mexico border wall built by the Trump administration, and for conservation groups and wildlife advocates, it is alarming. The Biden administration halted construction and said it will use federal funds to assess the damage caused by the new, higher walls. Myles Traphagen, borderlands program coordinator for the Wildlands Network who created […]

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Texas Department of State Health and CDC confirm Monkeypox in U.S. traveler

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed on July 15 a case of human monkeypox in a U.S. resident who recently traveled from Nigeria to the United States. The person is currently hospitalized in Dallas. CDC is working with the airline and state and local health officials to contact airline passengers and others who […]

Coronavirus Update

Linn and Caldwell counties report another COVID-related death; new cases of COVID-19 in Livingston County

An additional COVID-19-related death has been reported for Linn County since July 6th. The health department noted the afternoon of July 13th there had been 42 deaths. Eight cases had been added since July 9th, bringing the total to 1,705. Twenty-two cases were active. There were four COVID-19-related hospitalizations. Linn County had a 33.2% fully […]

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Livingston County Health Center reports Delta, Alpha and Iota variants of COVID-19 confirmed in county

The Livingston County Health Center reports four COVID-19 cases have been added since July 8th, bringing the total to 2,030. The number of active cases remained at 33. The health center reports Delta, Alpha, and Iota variants have been confirmed in Livingston County, but the office does not have a “concrete” number on variants. Not […]

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Audio: Missouri’s Governor says state is considering incentive program to encourage more COVID vaccinations

The governor confirms the state is considering an incentive program to encourage more Missourians to get vaccinated. Governor Mike Parson tells Capitol reporters that he wants to do what he can to encourage more Missourians to take the COVID vaccine.     The details of the incentive program are unclear because it’s still being worked […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at University Hospital. (Photo by Justin Kelley - MU Healthcare)

“Surge response team” arrives in Missouri amid COVID-19 spike caused by Delta variant

(Missouri Independent) – As federal officials land in Missouri at the request of the state to assist with combatting a wave of new COVID cases spurred by the Delta variant, Gov. Mike Parson publicly rebuffed outreach strategies President Joe Biden touted. On Tuesday, a member of the newly-created federal surge response team arrived in the […]

Audio: Missouri labor officials will review Federal unemployment overpayments for possible waiver

Missouri Labor officials have announced that they’re starting a process for Missourians who received unemployment overpayments to apply for a potential waiver. The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations emphasizes that this involves non-fraud FEDERAL unemployment overpayments. St. Louis Democratic State Representative Peter Merideth has been urging DOLIR to waive the federal portion:   […]

Coronavirus Update

Livingston County Health Center reports two additional COVID-19 related deaths

The Livingston County Health Center reports two more COVID-19-related deaths since July 1st, bringing the count to 67. Thirteen cases were also added, making that total 2,015. Thirty-seven cases are active. The Sullivan County Health Department confirms another COVID-19 case, which brings the total to 895. Five cases are active, and there have been 17 […]

COVID-19 Delta Variant

Delta variant spread means Missouri COVID cases may ‘double or triple’ in July

(Missouri Independent) – During June, as the Delta variant of COVID-19 took hold in Missouri, the seven-day average of new cases doubled. And now that the easily spread mutation has reached every corner of the state, July will be a repeat of June, or worse, according to the University of Missouri professor monitoring wastewater for the […]

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Sullivan County reports another COVID-related death; Putnam County to hold vaccine clinic

The Sullivan County Health Department reports another COVID-19-related death, bringing the total to 17. One additional case was also confirmed, making that total 893. Seven cases are active.  Twenty-nine point one percent of Sullivan County residents have completed COVID-19 vaccination. Five COVID-19 cases have been added in Linn County since June 29th. The health department […]